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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/14/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

Today, YouTube released the new 10-episode futuristic sci-fi thriller Origin, from director Paul W.S. Anderson. The series follows a group of strangers who were on their way to recolonize a planet five light years away, when something happened and they woke up early. Now they find themselves in deep space, with no signs of the ship’s crew and only a small fraction of the passengers who were supposed to be on board. They begin to search the ship and discover strange and creepy things, which only brings up more questions. There is something mysterious and deadly on board, and the passengers start to question if they can really trust one another.

I checked out the first two episodes, and by the end of the premiere I was completely sold. I love this kind of tense thriller, and I can’t wait to learn more about these characters and see the mystery unfold. Things get incredibly freaky by the end of the first episode and continue to amp up even more in the second episode, becoming a consistent stream of jump scares. If I had to describe the show in one sentence, it would be The Thing in space. However, the series does take some breaks from the tension – each episode utilizes flashbacks to explore one of the character’s backstories, looking into who they were and why they ultimately jumped at the chance to erase their past and to start over with a blank slate and a new identity on a new planet.

The cast is great. It includes Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle, Zoo), Fraser James (Holby City), Philipp Christopher, Nina Wadia, Madalyn Horcher (Gracepoint), Siobahn Cullen, Adelayo Adedayo (Timewasters), and Wil Coban. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got a chance to participate in the press room for the series. Unfortunately, due to a tight schedule, I only got the chance to speak with one pair of actors – Tom Felton & Sen Mitsuji – before they were whisked off for their panel. You can find my video from the roundtable Q&A at NoReRuns.net.

Check out the complete first season of Origin now on YouTube.

I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor, Riverdale, and Stan Against Evil.

 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/10/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Riverdale returns to The CW to kick off the show’s third season. A lot happened last season, especially with the expanded 22-episode season! Betty discovered that her father was the real Black Hood – a serial killer that had been terrorizing the town – though there had also been a second copycat who had been hired by Hiram Lodge. Fred ran for mayor, and even though he had Veronica’s help to try to beat her mother, Hermione ultimately won the election. Meanwhile, Archie was in a political race of his own – he ran for student body president and won. Meanwhile, Veronica discovered his father’s plans to own the entire south side of town, and so she purchased the Whyte Wyrn before he had a chance to do so. She then traded the bar to her father in exchange for Pop’s Diner. Archie had had enough of Hiram and confronted him in his home at knife point, calling him out on all the people he had had a hand in murdering. However, it was all empty threats with Archie – he had no proof and didn’t even think to wear a wire to the confrontation. The next day at school, Jughead asked Betty to join the Serpents, proving that what her father had done hadn’t affected their relationship. Then, Archie was sworn in as class president, but before he could do anything, he was arrested for murder – Hiram had set him up!

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens this season. Will the teens once again find themselves embroiled in another murder mystery? Or else what other kind of evil or misfortune will befall the town of Riverdale this year? And what about Archie – how quickly will he be able to prove his innocence and get out of prison? Will he try to get revenge on Hiram afterwards? It should be another exciting season with lots of soapy twists and turns.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I had the chance to speak with some of the cast about the upcoming season. You can check out my press room videos at NoReruns.net.

On tonight’s premiere, “Labor Day,” Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer; Betty must deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly; Veronica pleads with Hiram to help Archie.

See if Archie gets the help he needs tonight on The CW at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, American Housewife, Modern Family, Single Parents, A Million Little Things, Survivor, All American, and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/19/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Phoebe’s Choice

I’m not a diehard American Horror Story fan. I loved Coven. I recently watched Roanoke and thought it was decent. But many of the seasons failed to draw me in. I tuned into the AHS: Apocalypse premiere last week to see if this season would be one for me. So far I’d say so. A fair balance of dystopia and the macabre with a droplet or two of sci-fi mystery hiding in the wings of a secret survival complex.

The episode opened with spoiled rich lady/wannabe-Instagram celebrity Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt at the hair salon getting her hair done. Everyone started to get text alerts that nuclear missiles were inbound to L.A. and they were going to die. Coco’s dad called her, confirming the alerts were real but that she may escape on a private jet if she got to the airport in time. While her boyfriend Brock did not make it, she took with her the hair stylist, his grandmother, and Coco’s assistant Mallory. They were being relocated to a safe place by an organization her father paid 400 million dollars to, named the Cooperative.

In another storyline, we saw how a boy named Timothy was taken from his family in L.A. before the bomb dropped because the Cooperative found him to be genetically predisposed to survival. At first he was taken to a bomb shelter under the city, but in two weeks he and another selectee, a young girl named Emily, were sent to the same safe place as the others, a post-Apocalyptic citadel called Outpost Three. As Tim and Emily were walking into the safe zone in their gawky yellow hazmat suits, they witnessed the execution of two teens guilty of “unauthorized copulation.”

Inside the Outpost, they survive on a diet of jello cubes that were filled with “all the nutrients they require for survival.” Head mistress of the Outpost, a Cooperative agent known as Wilhelmina Venerable (played by Susan Paulson) informed them they had 18 months’ worth of food. A pigeon arrived with the message that three other Outposts had been overrun and society had broken down completely – 99.9% of all humans were already dead. Inside Outpost Three, Purple were the Elites, while Grays were the “worker ants.”

The hairstylist and another young man were found to be radioactive and taken to a decontamination room. After a scrubbing the stylist was clean, but the other man registered as radioactive, so they shot him in the skull. Wilhelmina and Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates) celebrated in private that they faked the Geiger count machine to kill the man as meat. After he was served to the Purples, they had mixed reactions to being cannibals. After dinner, as they all argued over the ethics of it all, the song that had been playing for two weeks straight suddenly changed. They mistakenly took it as a sign the Cooperative will be coming for them soon. Instead we jumped forward eighteen months to when the food was running out. An outside representative of the Cooperative arrived to judge whom amongst them was really fit for survival; he could relocate all or none of them to a ten-year facility that was much more secure.

So far, super rad show. I’ll be tuning back in for tonight at least to give it another try.

On tonight’s episode, “The Morning After,” after the nuclear apocalypse, the world’s chosen elite survive in secure outposts created by the mysterious Cooperative; underneath the surface of humanity’s salvation lies a battlefield for the final conflict between good and evil.

Catch episode two tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/7/15

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

criminalminds107smallLast week was the premiere of Criminal Minds, and I was so glad to see it back. I missed JJ, who is out on maternity leave with a beautiful little baby boy, but it was fun meeting Aisha Tyler’s character, Dr. Tara Lewis, who was applying for a position with the BAU. The team had to track down a serial killer who they figured out pretty quickly was actually a contract killer who was going back and killing the people who’d hired him because one of them – he didn’t know which one – had tried to kill him. He’d been shot in the face, which meant he couldn’t speak or eat, so he had to inject a liquid nutrition into a port in his stomach…and he was using that liquid diet injected under the skin to make his victims helpless before he killed them. It was pretty gruesome. Tara Lewis happened to be in the right place at the right time and got on the phone with the killer’s next victim – the cop husband of a woman who’d hired him – to pretend to be his wife in order to let him know they knew the killer was with him and they were going to stop him before he could kill him. It was that performance that sealed the deal for Hotch, especially after Garcia almost begged him to hire her.

I was also glad to see some cute interaction between Morgan and Garcia. Not really lovey-dovey, but sweet and cute, and when he kissed her on her cheek and she said that never gets old, it was adorable.

On tonight’s episode, “The Witness,” when a Los Angeles bus is attacked with sarin gas, the BAU must act quickly to find the suspect before a larger-scale incident occurs. Guest stars include Marisol Nichols (NCIS, 24) as FBI Agent Natalie Colfax, who assists the BAU with the investigation, and Tim Kang (The Mentalist) as Charlie Senerak, a medical supply worker.

See how the team catches the suspect tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Mysteries of Laura, Rosewood, Steampunk’d, The Goldbergs, Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family, Property Brothers, Worst Cooks in America, black-ish, Chicago PD, Code Black, & Mystery Diners.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/21/15

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

criminalminds121smallI admit that I am not as big a fan of—or as loyal a viewer of—Criminal Minds as I used to be. Most of that has nothing to do with the cases but has everything to do with the way the writers have treated Morgan and Garcia. It angers me when I look back at the first three seasons or so and compare them to now. It’s like in the beginning, they were thinking that at some point, they were going to get them together as a couple, but later on, they decided that wasn’t a good idea and they backed off how they are together. I even read several things a while back that said Morgan and Garcia’s relationship was that of a brother and sister. I’m sorry, but I have a brother, and there’s no way in the world I would say the things to my brother that those two characters say to one another. That would just be creepy. So now, I tend to skip an episode if I know Morgan’s girlfriend or Garcia’s boyfriend (I’m not even sure she has one…??) are going to be on. And that pisses me off.

That being said, I still enjoy the show when I do watch it—and I love having Jennifer Love Hewitt back on my TV weekly—and last week was no exception. I actually missed (or maybe I just don’t remember??) the episode(s) when JJ was tortured, so I learned about it all for the first time. It was hard to watch. And the case last week cruel, with the people being frozen to death by the sicko. I was so happy when the father and son were reunited and the little boy realized who the man was and threw himself into his dad’s arms. I hope JJ can get the help she needs. Poor Spencer, in the unenviable position of knowing something is very wrong but stuck because he promised his friend he wouldn’t say anything.

On tonight’s episode, “Anonymous,” which was directed by series star Joe Mantegna, the BAU searches Tallahassee for a serial killer who calls the authorities to report the crimes prior to committing murder. Also, as Rossi prepares for a weekend visit with his daughter, Joy, he receives startling news about the death of a comrade in Vietnam.

Find out how the team catches the killer tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Melissa & Joey, The Mentalist, Law & Order: SVU, Top Chef, Best New Restaurant, Chicago PD, Hot in Cleveland, Wahlburgers, Donnie Loves Jenny, & The Exes.
 
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